Belo writes both creative non-fiction and short fiction across several genres with the help of adaptive technology. To read and edit, he uses a desktop application for the blind called JAWS and a talking dictionary device called Franklin. Belo was born in Guatemala City to a Brazilian father and an Italian mother and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His father’s work with nonprofits and his mother’s passion for the study of herbalism took Belo to Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Canada in his early childhood. At the age of seven, his family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, which he now calls home.
Belo is a Lambda Literary Fellow, Literary Death Match champion and holds a Masters Degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Notre Dame de Namur University, where he studied under award winning poet Jacqueline Berger and fiction writer Kerry Dolan. He is heavily involved with the San Francisco literary community and is a supporter of Litquake, The California Writers Club, and a contributing writer for Bay Area publications. Belo and his guide dog Madge live in San Francisco.
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